It’s funny how space has a way of disappearing. You can start out with an empty closet and before you know it, there’s not even room to hang your coat. My plan of attack to combat closet clutter? Don’t leave any crevice unconsidered. Like most households, yours probably has more spots for storage than you think.
Here are some of my favorite ways to organize your wardrobe, even when your closet has had enough.
Don’t be afraid of the latest season—where wardrobes are concerned there's always room for growth. Instead of stuffing your closet beyond capacity, free up some extra space by adding a freestanding clothing rack to your bedroom. You can reserve this rack for bulkier items like coats and jackets, or save the space for your most worn belongings so they can easily be reached right when you roll out of bed.
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Want more space to hang your stuff? Try looking up for a change. Floor space in the bedroom is usually hard to come by since beds and dressers are often the biggest pieces of furniture in the entire home. Utilize all of that empty ceiling space with a hanging rack in polished copper or oil-rubbed bronze.
They’re easy to assemble on your own, and add a touch of minimal modern elegance to any interior.
Possibly one of the most common (mostly harmless) obsessions among the human race is the never-ending need for more shoes. I definitely admit I’m guilty of owning a few more pairs than necessary, but have learned to keep my habit in check with the proper dose of organization. If you share my proclivity, invest in a stackable shoe rack for your entrance or mudroom.
A simple slatted style in natural wood will easily blend into the background and add the extra levels of structure you and your collection need.
Accessories may seem small, but don’t let their size fool you. Belts and scarves can add just as much mess as larger items of clothing without a proper place to put them. Installing metal hooks on the door or walls of your closet will provide the perfect spot to hang your finishing touches so they won’t end up in a jumbled pile on your floor.
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Instead of being afraid of the monsters and dust bunnies that lurk below your bed, try giving them the boot by using that extra space for storage. I know it can be hard to take your favorite leather bomber from it’s special place in the closet, but if you know you won’t wear it until fall, give more breathing room to your summer items. Fold away your autumn gear in practical roll-out bins until chillier weather when you need them again.
*Tell us: What are your best storage solutions for shoes and clothes?
This post was originally published in May 2016.